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Programs for Leadership Theory and Development

Center for Civic Leadership
The Center for Civic Engagement (CCL) identifies and cultivates opportunities for Rice students, faculty, and staff to engage the Houston community and the world through engaged scholarship, active service, and meaningful leadership. The CCL connects Rice faculty and students with each other and community partners.

Additional Leadership Resources on Campus 

Empowering Leadership Alliance (ELA) Rice
The EL is developing a national network of colleagues who share the common experience of being a minority student or faculty at a research one institution, and others deeply committed to the success of these students and faculty.

Jesse Jones Leadership Center Summer in D.C. Policy Research Internship Program
Steven Lewis, Program Coordinator
Leadership Summer in D.C. is an internship program that offers Rice University undergraduate students hands-on experience in the world of public policy research and analysis in our nation's capital.

Gateway Program
Ipek Martinez, Director, Associate Dean of Social Sciences
The Gateway program provides social sciences undergraduates opportunities to apply what they learn in the classroom to real life through internships, independent research and international ambassadorships. By the time these students graduate, they have an idea of what it takes to conduct interviews, get published, build networks and become leaders in their fields.

Program in Poverty, Social Justice, and Human Capabilities
Diana Strassmann, Director. Christine Medina, Program Manager
The PJHC minor combines high-caliber undergraduate courses with internship experiences for students to work in agencies that help disadvantaged communities and people. The students work directly with clients and gain experiential knowledge that broadens their perspective on human lives and capabilities. The program aims to promote dialogue about how to address issues of poverty alleviation and human well-being with a sophisticated understanding of the challenges and sound strategies for moving forward.

Honor Council
Kaleb Underwood, Chair
The Rice Honor System was created by students in 1916. That it has functioned so well for so long is a reflection of the trust and respect that Rice students show to one another and to the University. It is one of Rice’s most highly valued traditions and a vital part of your education–education in responsibility and integrity.

Rice Center for Engineering Leadership
 Kazmir Karwowski, Director
RCEL takes a broad view of leadership, and thus emphasizes communication skills, awareness of international and entrepreneurial opportunities, and the importance of public policy and service. RCEL views engineering design as a particularly suitable context for students to learn leadership skills.

Student Activities, Graduate Student Association, Student Association, Campus Based Leadership
E. Kate Abad, Director
The Office of Student Activities endeavors to provide leadership theory and skill-based programs to develop the leadership abilities of Rice students, enhance their level of self-governance, and encourage them to take actions that positively benefit the world.
Associated Programs:Club Leadership, Impact Rice Retreat, Emerging Leaders Program, Lunch and Leads, Women LEAD

Beyond Traditional Borders 
Veronica Suderland, Director
The Beyond Traditional Borders Initiative includes representation from Rice University, the Texas Medical Center - including Baylor College of Medicine, University of Texas Health Science Center, University of Texas School of Public Health and UT MD Anderson Cancer Center - , and partner institutions abroad reaching from Mexico to Nigeria. This fosters an atmosphere of collaboration, bringing together students and faculty from across the disciplines at Rice, leveraging the strengths of the world renowned Texas Medical Center, and tapping into provision of healthcare in resource constrained settings expertise from across the globe.

Rice University College Government 
The college governments can exert control over everything from event organization to upgrades to the college facilities. Governing documents for many of the colleges can be found online. Singular student presidents and chief justices are university mandated features of each college's government. Additional members vary per college, but typically include Treasurer, Secretary, and a plurality of representatives from each class. The executive officers, such as the President, Treasurer, and Secretary, form the Executive council, and the representatives combine with the council to form the college government, known by names such as Cabinet or Parliament, depending on the college. These councils meet weekly to dispense with business related to the organizational and social functioning of the college. In addition, each college elects and sends one senator to represent the college at the Student Association.